In April of 2019 I was awarded an artist residency through Western Montana Creative Initiatives and Open AIR Montana. I primarily work with pen and … Continue Reading Open AIR; A Residency That Inspired Dreamy Interpretations of Montana’s Wildlife
Welcome to my Website!
I’m Jessie Smith and I’m a contemporary illustrator.
This page was created with the intent to not only sell and showcase my artwork, but to write about the creative process. To write about the emotional and mental labors of being an artist.
There will be glimmers of hopeless optimism, overly exalted small successes, and joyous celebrations of goals being reached.
There will also be lurking shadows of self doubt, resentment involving the concept of time, and undoubtedly there will be moments of despair.
For the plight of being an artist is best summarized by swiss psychologist Carl Jung in the following quote
“Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense— he is “collective man”— one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.”
― C.G. Jung
I hope you will join me on my journey.
I look forward to sharing my artwork, my inner dialogue, and my life purpose with you. Best summarized by my poem
“Ode to Art”
She is my goddess
My one true love
She is the torch blazing within my chest
And my reason for being
Without her I am lost
Plagued with an empty soul
And a sickness for home
For she chose me
And I chose her
We were absolutely destined to be